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Entertaining at home is one of our favorite pastimes, but sometimes we?d like to leave the cooking to someone else. Presto: Now we?ve got world-class restaurant and private chefs at our beck and call with Kitchit, a new online dining service.

It works like this: Determine your date and number of guests, then log in to Kitchit to browse among the dozens of top-tier chefs available. There?s Mark Gold of Eva restaurant, whose specialties include braised chicken with African spices; or Amy Jurist, famed locally for her underground foodie dinners, who?s proficient in everything from barbecue to vegan meals. And Bruce Barber, the Aussie chef who?s cooked for celebs such as Barbra Streisand, a whiz with tempura-battered lobster tail and truffled mashed potatoes.

You can firm up menu details online, with chefs bringing all ingredients and special equipment with them to the event. Prices average from $45 to $75 a head, and the site?s set up so you can cover the cost of the entire meal or each guest can pay separately.  

There?s only one problem with Kitchit: It makes fine dining so easy that we foresee having an even harder time motivating to search out new restaurants. 

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